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We are committed to providing creative and sustainable low-cost technologies through which villagers in the developing world can improve their lives - a true "social enterprise." We will choose projects that value community participation, local owner... Read more
We are committed to providing creative and sustainable low-cost technologies through which villagers in the developing world can improve their lives - a true "social enterprise." We will choose projects that value community participation, local ownership, and greater self-sufficiency.
David Sowerwine and his wife, Haydi, Bay Area residents, lived and worked in Nepal for 14 years refining simple technology and applying it in places where it brought new life to villages and people who had long been forgotten.
While doing business in Nepal he realized it would be easy to design a safe method to cross raging rivers and essentially created the first WireBridge. These bridges use a simple pulley system which is a 'best practice' in banana plantations worldwide. In order to work in Nepal, David founded an organization called EcoSystems Pvt. Ltd. -- many years before there were "social entrepreneurs." Since that time, he has worked with fellow engineers to develop a human-powered pedal generator (a clean renewable power source) and distribution system that can provide electricity to an entire village at minimal cost.
Upon their return to the Bay Area, their friends have been inspired to create VillageTech Solutions, a US based 501C3 organization, dedicated to supporting people and ideas which can better the lives of people in developing countries anywhere.